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Columns

  • Reining in the CFPB’s unchecked authority

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Good riddance, Trump; it’s all over

        Justice has a way of triumphing, even in politics. Decent people everywhere should rejoice in what we now know: Donald Trump will not be president of the United States. Not in January; not ever.
        Those of us who said from the beginning that he was contemptible have been absolutely proven right; those who voted for him in primaries and caucuses are left with the wreckage he has brought them.

  • Three current issues

    By Pernie Hatcher Forehand
    Bedford

        1.  I will sure miss that tree in front of Tharp’s.  Will they replant?  Will it receive a decent burial?

        2.  Voting is so unique and precious, giving ineffable feelings of hope and connection to a well-grounded society and “my opinion matters too.”  Any entity hacking into U.S. state voting tallies is, in my opinion, the most outrageous and unethical attack on my American dreams since 9/11.

  • Protecting American jobs

    When you have an expensive purchase looming or a big bill coming due, you like a little advance notice, right? The same goes for America’s job creators. Businesses both large and small need time to comply with new federal regulations that mean added costs to their bottom line. That’s one reason why the Department of Labor’s costly new overtime rule is particularly troubling.

     

  • Our separation of powers must be respected

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Enshrined our United States Constitution, our Founders meticulously designed three branches of government so that too much power would not be concentrated in any one branch. This is because they understood that if one branch were to possess unchecked authority, that power would ultimately diminish the inherent rights of the individual citizen. 

  • Thoughts from the Intern

    By Brandi Mitchell

        There are a myriad of stereotypes people associate with being 17. Seventeen year-olds work part time jobs, go to high school football games, hang out with their friends and dress up for spirit week. My name is Brandi Mitchell, I am 17 years old, and I embody all of these conventional ideas about being young and in high school. I work at the local Forest ice cream shop, Monkee Joes, and I cheer on the Cavalier football team until I lose my voice every Friday, and there is no question I dress up for spirit week.

  • The height of hypocrisy

            It’s been interesting to listen to President Barack Obama calling Russia’s alleged interference in our most recent election a “threat to democracy.”

  • What does Russia have on Trump?

        I can’t help but wonder: Are a lot of people who voted for Donald Trump now beginning to figure out just how – here’s the “S” word again – stupid it was to do that?
         It could well be, now that we see the almost daily reminders of just how outrageous and regrettable it is that this man will be president. We can now pretty assuredly believe that the Russian regime of Vladimir Putin did everything it could to make him president.

  • Session will feature some 2000 pieces of legislation

        The General Assembly is back in session, ready for another year.  A lot has changed since we last met.  November’s elections have not only affected policy in our nation’s capitol, they have already changed the dynamic in Richmond.

  • Welcoming the New Year

        With the flip of the calendar and the start of a new year come many opportunities to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing America. The House of Representatives is hitting the ground running in 2017. The 115th Congress will officially be sworn in on January 3, and House leadership has already signaled that lawmakers will immediately roll up their sleeves and get to work on the people’s priorities.